Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
their progress, and not a night passed without the loss of
lives on both sides.
As soon as the ground parallel was completed, the gar-
rison was summoned to surrender. The demand was an-
swered with defiance, and the siege was pressed. With
time to complete the approaches of the beleaguering army,
the fall of the garrison had been certain ; but the force of
Greene was wretchedly inadequate. His recruits of
militia from Virginia had failed to arrive ; the Carolina
troops were all actively engaged in keeping Rawdon in
check below ; while Cruger, with timely prudence, had
incorporated with his army his negro laborers, and was
farther aided from without by a marauding force under
Cunningham, which materially interfered with the sup-
plies, the recruits and general intelligence of the Ameri-
cans. Still, the advance of the besiegers was such, that
farther resistance would soon have been temerity. The
Americans had completed their third parallel, and from
wooden towers, the marksmen of the assailing army had
succeeded in driving the British artillerists from their
guns. To fire the houses of the garrison by means of
burning arrows, such as had been employed in the capture
of Fort Motte, was next resorted to by the Americans ;
but Cruger freed himself from this danger by promptly
throwing off the roofs of his houses. The works of the
besiegers were so near completion, that a farther defence
of the place was limited to four days. Besides the towers
before spoken of, one of which was within thirty yards of
the enemy's ditch, the besiegers had several batteries of
cannon within a hundred and forty yards, one of which so
completely commanded the "star," that the garrison were